Child Laborers May Have Made Your Samsung Smartphone

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Over 20,000 individuals took action with Green America in March, asking the Apple company to improve labor conditions in its supplier factories, and it turns out Apple is listening! Now Green America is asking everyone to help them again by calling out Samsung for their shocking child labor abuses. A new report recently issued by China Labor Watch (CLW), brings to light various instances of child labor in a Samsung’s supplier factory in China. Other reports have also shown that hundreds of former Samsung workers in Korea developed grave illnesses due to dangerous chemical exposure while working in the Samsung factory. Green America notes, “These abuses are in violation of national laws, international labor law, and Samsung’s own Global Code of Conduct, which states that the company will treat workers in a fair and legal manner, will not endanger worker health and safety, and will not hire underage workers.” Sadly, Samsung is following their own supposed code of building, “a positive future for society and the environment.” Worse, Samsung sold an estimated 550 million phones worldwide plus banked $36 billion last year, so the fact that they even use child labor is utterly ridiculous. They can well afford to pay fair wages to adults and provide safe working conditions as well. Thankfully, you can join Green America and China Labor Watch in holding Samsung accountable so that no more workers are mistreated or endangered while making Samsung’s products. Apple is changing their ways thanks to consumers, so why can’t Samsung? Head over to Green America and sign the Samsung, Put an End to Smartphone Sweatshops! petition.

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Mechanic Builds One-of-a-Kind, Adult-Sized Little Tikes Cozy Coupe That Can Reach 60mph!

by 07/12/14   filed under: green toys, transportation

 

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Although aging is inevitable, maturing is clearly optional. English mechanic, John Bitmead knows that nostalgic toys have the potential of becoming even more sentimental and valuable as an adult. At the tender young age of 48, Bitmead converted a Daewoo Matiz into an adult-sized replica of the classic toddler  Cozy Coupe ride-on toy. Running on an 800cc engine instead of enthusiastic Flintstone-like foot power, the vehicle can reach speeds of up to 60mph in only 17 seconds.

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Tell LEGO to End Their Partnership with Oil Giant Shell

by 07/10/14   filed under: green family, green toys

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As part of a new co-promotion, LEGO, everyone’s favorite toy brick company, has partnered with Shell, well known oil giant of the world. As part of the partnership, LEGO has actually branded Shell’s logo on a special set of LEGO toys, thus gaining Shell even more global advertising, not to mention forcing kids into brand recognition of a company that plays a role in destroying the planet and thereby their very future. This new partnership is clever on the part of Shell, who has a rightfully horrid reputation due to their controversial Arctic drilling plans. If Shell was looking to partner with a company who can boost their image in spite of the implications of drilling the very fragile Arctic, home to wildlife such as polar bears, whales, walruses and more, they picked the right company. I mean, who doesn’t love LEGO? Beyond drilling harming Arctic wildlife, Greenpeace points out that the Arctic helps regulate global climate, yet when drilled, Arctic ices will only melt faster. Plus, if there’s an oil spill in the Arctic, it’ll be near impossible to clean up. Greenpeace would like to set up a global sanctuary in the uninhabited area around the North Pole and get a ban on offshore oil drilling and unsustainable fishing in the wider Arctic region, but will this happen if everyone gets on board with Shell’s grand Arctic plans because LEGO is standing up for their integrity? Maybe not. Luckily, you can help put a possible end to this partnership thanks to a new Greenpeace anti-Shell petition. The petition asks LEGO to cut ties with Shell right away so we can focus on not only keeping the Shell brand out of playrooms around the world but also move one step closer to keeping Shell out of the Arctic. Keep reading to see the heartwrenching video Greenpeace put together to urge LEGO to end to its partnership with Shell.

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